The pickups that you might want, dare I say ‘need’ An Overview of DAllen Cheetahs Telecaster Pickups!
After acquiring my Squier Classic Vibe Tele, I immediately set out to replace the pickups. The stock pickups were not only produced in the same facility as the Tonerider TRT1 Vintage Plus Tele pickup set, but they basically are the OEM version of the Toneriders. I plugged these babies in, and they were passable. They had the feel of the SSL-1 Seymour Duncans. They made sound, yet weren’t nearly as touch sensitive as the cheetahs.
The swap out was easy enough. I used a piece of the packing foam to help float the body mounted neck pickup, as the Classic Vibe Telecaster has a 5 hole pickguard with extra holes to mount the pickup to. While this doesn’t exactly make the pickup super adjustable, the foam worked great!
The DAllen Cheetahs fit and finish are top notch. Hand wound, slick logo, and vintage waxed wiring made the rewire easy.
The DAllen Cheetahs made this guitar my favorite guitar. That’s right. The Fender Strat and the Gibson Les Paul. Anyone who says they don’t buy brand name guitars for the brand name is not telling the truth. That’s exactly why I test drove the Fender and the Gibson, mainly because of their availability and legacy. I bought the Squier simply via their fame on various online forums. After the pickup change, this guitar stays.
The DAllens came about via the forums as well from the high praise of Tony Sims. These incredibly sensitive pickups did not disappoint. The Neck pickup sounds like a Strat should. A chunky, round tone denotes the neck. String separation is distinct, with a sweet, sweet harmonic feel.
The bridge pickup holds a straight up trebly, full spectrum Rock tone. Think – BRANGGGG! Ringing tele goodness.
The middle is a great mellowing out of both, naturally.
A great upgrade for any Tele. I’d recommend these to any of your telecasters that might have lost their Mojo!
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